Ike Hawkersmith has appeared in numerous principal roles on stage including Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Young Tommy in The Who's Tommy. He has performed in several productions with the Nashville Ballet including Fritz in the Nutcracker. He sang in the children's chorus in Carmen with the Nashville Opera, and sang the role of Amahl in the Nashville Symphony/Nashville Opera production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has been a principal in eight student films with Watkins College of Art and Design and is actively pursuing a career in musical theatre and film.
Ike Hawkersmith Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera written for television, enjoys more than five hundred performances annually around the world and is immensely popular with amateur groups. A crippled boy, Amahl, and his mother are visited by the three Kings who seek the newborn Jesus. Deciding to give his crutch to the Christ child, he is miraculously healed, and joyfully accompanies the Kings to give thanks. Sung in English, brimming with tuneful melodies for both soloists and chorus, the opera is a humorous and poignant Christmas classic beloved by people of all ages.